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Tchaikovsky - Music for Strings

Orchestras / Ensembles
Catalogue numberBIS-2569 SACD
Release date2022-11-04
Orig. sample rate192000Hz
Total time77:50

After two stylistically diverse anthologies – In Motion and Renewal – the United Strings of Europe and their director Julian Azkoul have chosen to devote their latest project to a single composer: Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky. They open with the composer’s Serenade, a tribute to Mozart’s divertimentos, but infused with Tchaikovsky’s characteristic pathos and melancholy. It is one of his most popular works, with the especially beloved Waltz as its second movement, and a finale featuring Russian folk songs.
The other works included on this recording are arrangements tailor-made for the ensemble by Julian Azkoul. Andante cantabile, the slow movement of Tchaikovsky’s First String Quartet, is a piece of great emotional power, based on an old folk song which Tchaikovsky reportedly heard in the Ukrainian town of Kamenka. Composed following a stay in Florence, the Sextet is brooding in temperament and despite its title arguably more Russian than Italian in character. Like the Serenade, it makes use of classical forms and devices but also includes passages evoking traditional Russian music. After completing the work, Tchaikovsky – who was otherwise his own harshest critic – wrote: ‘it’s frightening to see how pleased I am with myself’. The album closes with At Bedtime, an early composition for mixed choir with a meditative quality reminiscent of Eastern Orthodox chant that lends itself well to the string orchestra textures.
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Extra material for download
  Composer: Tchaikovsky, Pyotr Il'yich
  Serenade for Strings in C major, Op.48 30:16
01 I. Pezzo in forma di Sonatina 09:43 $ 2.33 USD
02 II. Walzer 03:49 $ 0.92 USD
03 III. Élégie 09:11 $ 2.20 USD
04 IV. Finale (Tema russo) 07:33 $ 1.81 USD
  from String Quartet No. 1, Op.11
05 Andante cantabile 06:54 $ 1.66 USD
  String Sextet in D minor (Souvenir de Florence), Op.70 35:19
06 I. Allegro con spirito 10:57 $ 2.63 USD
07 II. Adagio cantabile e con moto 10:40 $ 2.56 USD
08 III. Allegretto moderato 06:24 $ 1.54 USD
09 IV. Allegro con brio e vivace 07:18 $ 1.75 USD
10 At Bedtime (Na son gryadushchiy) 05:18 $ 1.27 USD
  Album total 77:50
OrchestraUnited Strings of Europe
DirectorAzkoul, Julian
ComposerTchaikovsky, Pyotr Il'yich
ArrangerAzkoul, Julian

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